Garrick’s Head pub and dining room was the former home of Beau Nash; unsurprisingly, it’s a grand building with stately proportions. Its location next to the Theatre Royal makes it the top choice for pre-theatre diners. It is open every day from noon onwards, and lunch and dinner are served in the beautiful dining room, in the bar and on the terrace.
Menus are bursting with fresh, seasonal ingredients and modern British dishes. The bar menu features top-notch pub classics that use the best regional ingredients, while the pre-theatre and à la carte menus are more ﬁne dining in style. Everything is made from scratch, including the burgers and ice cream, with the exception of the bread, which is delivered daily from The Bertinet Bakery in Bath. Legendary traditional Sunday roasts are served with all the trimmings and children are occupied with complimentary gifts to keep them busy at the table.
Renowned for serving some of the best ﬁsh and chips in Bath, Garrick’s Head is also known for serving the Georgian delicacy of Bath chaps. Known by this name since an advertisement appeared in The Morning Chronicle in 1831, Bath chaps are cured pig’s cheek coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried, served with tangy apple sauce for dipping – they’re delicious.
The Garrick’s Head’s eponymous house ale is exclusively brewed by Danish master brewer Stig Anker Andersen and is available to take home in addition to being enjoyed from the hand pumps. The pub’s reputation for well-kept ale and cider doesn’t rule out the comprehensive wine and spirits list, with over 20 wines available by the glass and 50 whiskies. Outside, the spectacular ﬂoral displays in the hanging baskets and window boxes on the terrace catch the early afternoon and late evening sun – it is the perfect location in which to sit back and watch the hustle and bustle of Bath while enjoying a bite to eat or a glass of something delicious from the bar. Booking is always advisable – especially at the weekend.